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Old 08-11-2007, 05:19 AM   #1
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Many years ago I subscribed to Blue Water Sailing. It is the only magazine subscription that I've ever paid for. Now, I get so many sailing, boating and cruising magazines that I typically don't get the chance to look through them all.

There is one particular magazine that I now receive that amazes me. It is called Show Boat International. It is a large format full color 1/2 in thick book that I get once every couple of months showing me just how poor I really am. I'm not quite sure why I like this display of decadence so much other than the strange sadistic desire to look into the world of the upper crust and extreme beauty of mega yachts knowing that I couldn’t afford a single week of charter on most of these vessels. What truly amazes me the most is the large number of super yachts that are for sale…are there really that many billionaires??

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What truly amazes me the most is the large number of super yachts that are for sale…are there really that many billionaires??

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Every time I look at a mag like that a feeling of happness comes over me. I am so pleased to have "little" NAUSIKAA. I can affort her so she will not be up for sail as long as I live. I don't need to have large and expensive crews nor must I spend more money than most of us ever will have on maintaining her. Nor, and most importantly, do I have to compete in the one-upmanship of superyacht ownership; selling last years yacht to buy a bigger, faster, ships just because the Jones' have a new one.

What I do have is a small craft I care a lot for withouth having half the Chinese national debt to pay every year to maintain her.

Thanks God for small boats ------------- SMALL SHIP'S - SMALL PROBLEMS!

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Don't get me wrong, I love my boat as well. However, I often wonder if the owners of those mega yachts enjoy their boats as much as we love ours. I really don't see how they could be as attached not having personally put blood sweat and tears into the building and maintenance of the vessel.
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I often wonder if the owners of those mega yachts enjoy their boats as much as we love ours. I really don't see how they could be as attached not having personally put blood sweat and tears into the building and maintenance of the vessel.
Exactly my point!

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You must admit that it is strangely enjoyable to look at something beautiful that you can't possible afford and wonder what you would do with it if you owned it...party, more parties, bikini photo shoots....
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You must admit that it is strangely enjoyable to look at something beautiful that you can't possible afford and wonder what you would do with it if you owned it...party, more parties, bikini photo shoots....
I think I must be slightly perverse.....when I see a boat / ship I do wonder what I could do with it. My thoughts don't directly go to parties with bikini clad girls but more to what improvements I could make, where I could sail to with such a craft etc. Once those major things are established then the bikini parties will be sorted. It is a question of priorities - and possibly age

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Hey, if you can have the boat, the bikini clad girls fall into the same fantasy without question of age. I'm sure it will include cabin boys for the ladies among us as well.
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I think I must be slightly perverse.....when I see a boat / ship I do wonder what I could do with it.

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Why work in the bilges removing hair from the bilge pump impeller ? - Why clear the toilet which some innocent visitor blocked?

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Innocent visitors don't block toilets!!! In fact, is there such a thing as an innocent visitor?

I am not a golfing man but a general recommendation on that course would be to avoid the water hinders. The club house might get a bit noisy at times too. I'll just settle for a quiet drink at Raffles instead.

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You must admit that it is strangely enjoyable to look at something beautiful that you can't possible afford and wonder what you would do with it if you owned it...party, more parties, bikini photo shoots....
Hi

We went for an afternoon jolly last month on motor yacht Called Sanooucii Star It was very nice the owner was just a normal guy no bikini clad girls probably wouldn't know what to do if they were there (Besides the wife came as well)

We had a lovely afternoon but I wouldnt swap my little 35' for her 53 meters

There are 4 permanent crew Skipper, Engineer, Cook and Deckie I expect they all double up on their duties.

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this was a good place to start

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This is where we ended up (In my Dreams)

We had an afternoon of what ifs, It did bring home how the other half live

Maybe my 6 numbers will come up. I still dont think I want one this large

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The question I raise, is if you could afford a super or mega yacht, then where would you go? Given a big enough sea, all yachts/ships rock'n'roll, therefore, would you only be stuck to inshore & coastal waters? I tend to think that smaller boats are better, if not for the fact of less crew & offshore maintenance issues, but also that the fine china & crystal won't be smashing (because you have it on board)!
Saccounouci Star can not get into many harbours on the SE England coast as their are not any pontoons long enough. even if pontoons are long enough turning and manourvering are problematic

I personally believe that you can go too big unless your going to turn it into a business

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Can you imagine what the insurance premium must be?
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Correction, should read: (because you don't have it on board). I.e. you don't have breakables onboard. Which remains me, has anybody else ever wondered about all the other lose furniture/appliances that must "fly around & smash" in a super/mega yacht during a rough crossing (even with unanticipated weather changes)???

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Surely you would deploy the stabilisers that would stop all that rolly poly motion therefore no china would get smashed or just use plastic beakers

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The stabilsers were a bit tongue in cheek I know that on the croos Channell ferries they use them a lot.

The weather in the Cook St does get up a bit I was reading somewhere today about a Russian Cruise Liner taken a wrong turn thro a small chanel and running aground. Also a ferry getting washed up on the rocks near Wellingtonsaid it was something to do with 2 weather fronts meeting at Wellington.

They dont call it Windy Wellington for nothing.(maybe its the population)

When I was out there in the 70s it was a lovely place apart from the pubs closing early

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